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Indonesia's likely next president made 4-star general despite links to alleged human rights abuses

Feb. 28, 2024 00:59 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday awarded an honorary four-star general rank to Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, a former high-ranking army officer who is linked to human rights abuses and who emerged as the apparent winner of the Feb. 14 presidential...

Indonesian activists protest ex-general's win in presidential election and allege massive fraud

Feb. 16, 2024 08:50 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Protesters marched in Indonesia’s capital on Friday demanding the election authority stop Prabowo Subianto from taking office as the next president and claiming widespread electoral fraud. Subianto, a former general linked to past human rights abuses,...

Who is Prabowo Subianto, the former general who's Indonesia's next president?

Feb. 15, 2024 05:55 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A wealthy ex-general with ties to both Indonesia's popular outgoing president and its dictatorial past looks set to be its next leader. He's promised to continue the outgoing president's widely popular policies, but his human rights record has activists and some analysts...

Former Indonesian general linked to human rights abuses claims victory in presidential election

Feb. 14, 2024 20:58 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A former general linked to past human rights abuses claimed victory Wednesday in Indonesia’s presidential election, a result that would raise questions about the commitment to democratic values in the sprawling island nation that is the world’s third-largest...

Indonesia's president, who mingles with people and listens to Metallica, still popular in last term

Feb. 13, 2024 23:39 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Joko Widodo’s phenomenal rise from a riverside slum, where he grew up, to the presidency of Indonesia spotlighted how far the world’s third-largest democracy had veered from a brutal authoritarian era decades ago. With his second and final five-year...

A defense minister and 2 former governors are vying for Indonesia’s presidency

Feb. 13, 2024 21:51 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian voters on Wednesday were making their choice of who will succeed popular President Joko Widodo, who is serving his second and final term. It is a three-way race for the presidency among current Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto and two former...

What's at stake in Indonesia, which is choosing a president and some 20,000 other office holders

Feb. 13, 2024 21:45 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia on Wednesday opened polling stations where nearly 205 million eligible voters will choose a new president and some 20,000 other public officials. The world’s third-largest democracy is holding its fifth presidential and legislative elections...

Indonesia's presidential election has high stakes for US and China and their rivalry

Feb. 13, 2024 21:29 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — When Indonesians cast their votes on Wednesday for a new president in one of the world’s biggest elections, the stakes will also be high for the United States and China and their mounting rivalry in the region. The Southeast Asian nation is a key...

Indonesians join the final campaign events before the presidential election

Feb. 10, 2024 05:45 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The three candidates in Indonesia's presidential election held their final campaign events in front of tens of thousands of people on Saturday, four days before more than 200 million citizens cast their votes in the world’s third-largest democracy. The...

Indonesian presidential vote highlights tradeoffs between fast growth and a healthy environment

Feb. 09, 2024 01:05 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A presidential election in Indonesia, the world's third-largest democracy, is highlighting choices to be made as the country seeks to profit from its rich reserves of nickel and other resources that are vital to the global transition away from fossil fuels. ...